Dr. Crystal Hariu-Damore of Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists discussed Dilated Cardiomyopathy at the March meeting. She provided detailed information about the disease, its progression, treatment, and screening methods. Unfortunately, 45-62% of Dobermans will develop this disease. Dr. Hariu-Damore emphasized the importance of having Dobermans screened as they approach 5-6 years of age. Screening can detect early signs of the disease, before obvious symptoms appear. Use of Pimobendan to treat asymptomatic dogs with echocardiographic changes has been shown to prolong the time to development of symptoms. To have your dog screened:
DPCH shared good food and fellowship at our holiday party. We also held a successful mystery gift audtion to raise money for the club.
Our Specialty Show in conjunction with the Reliant World Series of Dog Shows was a success. We had a 4 point major in dogs, 2 points in bitches.
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||Ask your vet for an NT-proBNP blood test as part of your dog's annual checkup. Elevated levels can indicate stress to the heart.
||Do a 24-hour holter (ECG) to check for arrhythmias. (DPCH members have low-cost access to the club's holter monitor.)
||Have a cardiologist do an echocardiogram to check heart function.
Congratulations to Kathy McLemore and Selkie on the MACH title (Master Agility Champion)! You can see Selkie's MACH run here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8SlMXLXme8&feature=youtu.be.